Nevada Wolf Pack 9-3 (7-1)
Fresno State Bulldogs 6-6 (5-3)
San Diego State Aztecs 7-5 (5-3)
San Jose State Spartans 4-8 (4-4)
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 3-9 (2-6)
UNLV Rebels 3-9 (1-7)
Utah State Aggies 10-2 (8-0)
Air Force Falcons 7-5 (4-4)
Boise State Broncos 7-5 (4-4)
Colorado State Rams 7-5 (3-5)
New Mexico Lobos 3-9 (1-7)
Wyoming Cowboys 3-9 (1-7)
Mountain West Championship Game- Nevada vs. Utah State
Mountain West Champion-Utah State
The Mountain West Conference may no longer be home to TCU, Utah, and BYU, but this is still a football conference that must be respected. The Utah State Aggies have senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton who is returning from an ACL injury and he will be in the running to be the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.
Led by a trio of seniors, the Nevada Wolf Pack could have one of the best offenses in the nation. Senior quarterback Cody Fajardo, running back Kendall Brock, and wide receiver Richy Turner could come up big if the Pack are able to win the Mountain West Conference this year.
After a 2-10 season in 2013, you can expect the Air Force Falcons to once again get into bowl contention. Under head football coach Troy Calhoun, the Falcons had the 12th ranked rushing attack in the nation last year and the triple option is still in affect in Colorado Springs.
A new life begins for the Fresno State Bulldogs begins as quarterback David Carr is now in the National Football League. But for Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter he will look to junior quarterback Brian Burrell to be the next good quarterback in the Valley. At 6’4″, 221 lbs., Burrell has the prototypical size of a pro quarterback with a live arm as he will look to help the Bulldogs to remain as a player in the Mountain West.
The Boise State Broncos will miss head football coach Chris Petersen who after eight years on the job left for the University of Washington. Brian Harsin replaces Petersen at Boise where he will look to keep the machine going for the Broncos as they have finished the season ranked in the top 20 nine times since 2002.
Colorado State head football coach Jim McElwain will look to lead the school to consecutive bowl games for the first time since 2003 while the San Diego State Aztecs have made a bowl game appearance in the past four years and you can expect more of the same in 2014. Led by senior quarterback Quinn Kaehler, senior wide receiver Ezell Ruffin, and sophomore tailback Donnel Pumphrey, the Aztecs will be in thick of things in the Mountain West.
In 2014, the Mountain West should live up to its reputation of high scoring, wide open football.
Sources: Cfbstats.com, Sports-reference.com